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Preparatory steps towards a GMO research ERA-Net

Activity Code: KBBE.2013.3.5-02
Project Reference: 612739
Coordinator:Forschungszentrum Jülich


The objective of the PreSto GMO ERA-Net project is to clearly map out the steps needed to create and successfully implement an ERA-Net that will coordinate transnational research on the effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the areas of human and animal health, the environment, and techno- economics and societies. The focus of the ERA-Net will be on GMOs intentionally released into the environment and/or used immediately in feed and food applications. PreSto GMO ERA-Net brings together ministries, agencies, and funding bodies from different Members States and the scientific community to jointly prepare a strategic plan and roadmap for the implementation of the ERA-Net. In addition, the ERA-Net will explicitly take into account the wider views of a diversity of stakeholders and end-users (e.g. non-governmental organisations, industry, farmers). This is intended to strengthen ownership of the ERA-Net among stakeholders in order to encourage participation of different scientific communities in the future joint transnational calls, to enhance collaboration between actors and to increase the accountability of research trajectories and outcomes.

The results of the project will form the basis for a robust ERA-Net proposal. In achieving this the project work will (1) promote the accessibility of existing scientific information to interested stakeholders and end-users, (2) lead to the harmonisation of research requirements and capacity building within Europe, (3) complement international developments, (4) contribute to a more efficient use of research funds internationally and (5) identify how strategic collaboration can be used to respond to these future research and training needs through enhancement of durable partnerships.


  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Germany
  • Trukiye Bilimsel Ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu, Turkey
  • The secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, United Kingdom
  • Agence nationale de securite sanitaire de l´alimentation, de l´environnement et du travail, France
  • Institut national de la recherche agronomique, France
  • Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l´energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenible, Italy
  • Julius Kuhn-Institut Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, Germany
  • Eidgenössisches Department für Wirtschaft, Bildung und Forschung, Switzerland
  • Universita degli studi di parma, Italy
  • Stichting dienst landbouwkundig onderzoek, Netherlands
  • University of Newcastle upon tyne, United Kingdom
  • Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Universita cattolica del sacro cuore, Italy
  • University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Instytut Hodowli I Aklimatyzacji Roslin- Panstwowy Instytut Badawczy, Poland
  • Vyzkumny Ustav Rostlinne Vyroby VVI, Czech Republic
  • Centre de recerca en agrigenomica CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB, Spain
  • Agrobioinstitute, Bulgaria
  • Genius GmbH- Biotechnologie Beratung und Kommunikation, Germany
  • Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft, Austria
  • Forskningsrädet fär Miljä, Areella Näringar Och Samhällsbyggande, Sweden